This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the world. In the collection, there are five previously unpublished essays. The topics covered in these new essays are women in the play, the play's debt to contemporary theater, its critical and performance histories in Germany and Japan, the metrical variety of the play, and the distinctly modern perspective on the play as containing dark and disturbing elements. To compliment these new essays, the collection features significant scholarship and commentary on The Comedy of Errors that is published in obscure and difficulty accessible journals, newspapers, and other sources. This collection brings together these essays for the first time.
Table of Contents
Editors Introduction * The Play and the Critics: Works Consulted, Robert Miola * A Poetical Farce, Samuel Taylor Coleridge * Weirdness in The Comedy of Errors, G.R. Elliott * Themes and Structure in The Comedy of Errors, Harold F. Brooks * Brave New World, T.W. Baldwin * Two Comedies of Error, Harry Levin * Shakespeare's Comedy of Love: The Comedy of Errors, Alexander Leggatt * Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errorsand the Nature of Kinds, Arthur F. Kinney * Commedia Grave and The Comedy of Errors, Louise George Clubb * Dining Out in Ephesus: Food in The Comedy of Errors, Joseph Candido * Rectifying Shakespeare's Errors: Romance and Farce in Bardeditry, Charles Whitworth * Reading Errantly: Misrecognition and the Uncanny in The Comedy of Errors, Barbara Freedman * "Stigmatical in Making": The Material Character of The Comedy of Errors, Douglas Lanier * The Comedy of Errors in Dramatic Context, David Bevington * The Girls from Ephesus, Laurie Maguire * The Errors of the Verse: Metrical Reading and Performance of The Comedy of Errors, Brennan O'Donnell
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